KCCA Dragged to Court for Shs500M over Mother Who Drowned in Open Manhole

Pupils move passed an open manhole in Kampala (File Photo by Observer)

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has been dragged to court for shs500 million over a recent incident in which Cissy Namukasa was captured on police CCTV camera drowning in a flooded open manhole in Nakawa on May 2

Legal Brains Trust, a democracy and human rights watchdog, has sued KCCA and the Attorney General regarding the sad incident.

Police cctv cameras early this month captured the woman drowning in the manhole and was washed by fast running water during a heavy downpour.

In the suit, Legal Brains Trust says KCCA violated Namukasa’s right to life when it failed to make city drainage channels safe for pedestrians.

KCCA is accused of neglecting its duties of constructing and maintaining the drainage system and that this led to the drowning of Namukasa.

“The respondents have hitherto wrongfully commissioned roads, drainage channels, sewers and related infrastructure with inadequate human safety precautions, for example open manholes that pose a danger to the urban dwellers and vulnerable groups like children, persons with disabilities and mental health problems,” the suit reads in part.

Legal Brains Trust wants court to order KCCA to put in more efforts to search and recover Namukasa’s body and accord her a decent burial and erect a memorial at or near the hazardous drainage channel that claimed her life.

In the lawsuit filed through GEM Advocates, Legal Brains Trust also seeks compensation of Shs500 million for the family Namukasa.

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